The Red Dahlia

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Chapter 3-A special night-

I left you on a little cliffhanger earlier didn't I?

Well sorry for that, but I promise that now I will tell you about what happened between me and Jake when I mentioned that we had gotten closer. Well on my 16th birthday, as I was spending it my special way in order to honor my mother, let's just say that Jake broke my rule for that day.

Instead of leaving me alone to both grieve and celebrate my damned birthday like I had so kindly asked, a couple hours had passed when he showed up with some snacks and my favorite hoodie of his. He knew very well that the specific hoodie was my personal weakness, so I had no chance at going against him. Like every other time, he would win me over with the smallest gestures. Which I hated but also loved him for it at the same time.

He gave me the hoodie and sat next to me, looking at me with a look of worry but also happiness that he was with me at the moment. I don't know what came over me that exact moment, but tears were ready to come out and I let them. Just about then, he hugged me tightly with no desire of letting go. To be honest I really didn't want him to, I wanted the moment to last forever.

A couple minutes passed, and I had calmed myself down. Being in Jake's arms and having him comforting me was the only thing I needed. Then out of the blue, his lips found mine kissing me softly while taking all my worries away at the same time. That was when I found myself kissing him back, with the same passion he had changed to now.

"It's ok Rayna, everything's ok, relax now love." he said in a soft voice, while stroking the small of my back. "Thank you Jake for all of this, it means everything to me." "Of course Rayna, you know that I will always be here for you."

I didn't know how to react to what had just occurred. Jake had just kissed me for the very first time in 8 years and I had to come to terms with it whether I liked it or not. On the other hand, I don't know why would Jake even kiss me in the first place. I mean, would there be a possibility that he might had feelings for me? And even so, why would he wait up until now to tell me?

All these questions were causing me a huge headache and confusing feelings, that I never had before and hence didn't know how to react to them. But suddenly reality hit me like a fucking train and I came back to my senses. I pushed Jake away from me and ran away as fast and as far as I could away. Don't get me wrong I'm not an emotional person, which might sound weird considering everything I have been through, nor I'm a person that runs away when things get difficult. This time though it was completely different. I was so confused that I didn't even let him explain why the kiss happened.

"Rayna wait!" I heard Jake calling out to me, but at the exact time I was focused on running as far away as I could.

"Please Rayna."

All I could focus right now was the kiss. While being lost in my thoughts, I didn't even realize where I was headed, until I reached the other side of the lake where the moon shines the brightest every moonlight.

Suddenly, I heard footsteps behind me and in an instant I knew it was Jake. I wasn't ready to face him but I couldn't ignore him forever as well.

"Rayna can we please talk?" Jake asked me while hugging me from behind. I was exhausted from the crying and the running, that I didn't have any other option but to melt in him.

"I'm sorry for my reaction Jake, I didn't mean to run away like a coward." I spoke quietly while sobbing, still facing the moon and not him.

"Shh, Rayna it's ok I don't blame you. I shouldn't have kissed you like that."

"I'm not mad about the kiss Jake." I said facing him now.

"It's just that the kiss took me a little bit by surprise and it got me a little overwhelmed." I spoke to him ever so softly, since he had managed to calm me down.

"It's fine Rayna, I understand and like I said none of this is your fault." He was now facing me with a warming smile.

"I-I liked it." I managed to stutter nervously while blushing.

"Oh my god! Did I just make Rayna Hill blush?" he said while smiling widely.

"Oh shut it Lockwood, or I will take it back."

"That won't be necessary love, I'll stop now." he was now laughing with me and enjoyment was written all over his face.

"Rayna, I have to ask you something." his face had taken a serious expression now, and I have to admit it had me a little worried.

"Yeah sure, ask away." I really couldn't help my curiosity at this point.

"So I, um have been meaning to ask you something for a long time." I could feel his breathing getting quicker by the second and it only made me more nervous.

"Would you like to be my girlfriend?" he asked with a big smile forming on his face.

Surprise must have been clear on my face, because Jake paused for a moment waiting for me to process the question. To be honest, that moment I knew exactly what I wanted for once after eight years. And it was someone by my side, someone like Jake.

"Yes Jake, I would love to!" I smiled widely.

"Really? You have no idea how happy you are making me right now." he said while looking at me with an expression of excitement and satisfaction. I could tell he wanted this for long now.

And so we finally started dating after eight years of waiting and pending. I was finally happy after a long time, thanks to Jake. I will always be grateful for the second family I was given.

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